My name is LeAnn Skinner, I have to laugh when I remember back when I first starting papercrafting 15 years ago, my husband happened to have taken his mother for a visit to Utah to see her sister and daughter, Carol. I distinctly remember him cheerfully walking in the door literally upon his return, saying, “wow, you’ve got to meet my cousin Carol, you’ll love her”, he then handed me a sack loaded with paper and some heavy medal things, I replied, “what are these things”? He proudly told me how she had demonstrated these things called “punches”, making the coolest things with them. Well folks, the rest is history, I occasionally hear a few hemm’s and haw’s under my husbands breath about how snowed under we are with crafting “stuff”, it’s then that I say “look at me, talk to the hand ;), if my memory serves me correctly, it’s your fault”! That’s it in a nut shell, I can say I’m a very happy woman!
I was with another Direct Sales company for over 10 years when I began to feel I was losing the passion I once had. For years sharing the love and enthusiasm of papercrafting is what fueled my drive to building a successful business but beginning my 9th year year the spunk and drive was waning. It was then I had a heart to heart talk with myself. I ask myself am I suffering from burn out with the papercrafting industry as a whole or is it I’m not receiving the spark I need from the company of whom I’m working for? To be honest, I really didn’t know? Then one morning I received a call from a friend, asking if I had heard about this new company named Fun Stampers Journey? With raised eyebrows, I said, “I’ve got to check this out. I immediately got online and looked for this company called Fun Stampers Journey, hmm, they are going to be in Dallas. I’m thinking what’s the harm in checking out what all the hype is about, it’s only a five hour drive, no one will know, right? With the blink of an eye, the next thing I know, I’m jumping around, dancing, acting goofy, like I never do… with a couple hundred other “smiling/happy” people! Wow, these people are happy, excited, humorous, loving, and creatively talented. Wow, I haven’t felt this exuberant in a long time. Then we were introduced to the CEO of the company, Richard Garay, it is now that I’m seeing why these people are so excited! Richard along with his wife, Gabby work as a team, both eager to share the journey and maybe a laugh or two. Richard truly puts his heart into his creations and wants nothing but the best for his coaches and customers. As a new company one would expect it to start out slower with a smaller selection of products. However, with FSJ that’s quite the contrary, their catalog is in fact the largest of it’s kind in the market today. packed full of awesomely designed red rubber stamp images, new to the market innovated products, and always strives to be a step ahead of our competitors. With all this being said, I’m thinking I want to jump on the bandwagon and run. On the other hand, I’m also thinking, how do I walk away and leave everything I’ve worked so hard for the past 10 years? Can I give up an earned title I’m proud of, a consistent downline who’s producing additional income, risk losing my customer base, and leaving established business friendships? At this point I’m in a state of full blown insecurity, when once again the other hand is saying, you are miserable, it’s no longer a fun and happy company to work for, not counting the fact it’s no longer following it’s own mission statement. Although having a full time career, the decision to resign was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I can’t stipulate enough the relief I felt when the letter fell from my hand into the mail box, immediately I was stress free. It’s been a year now, and there’s not been one second that I’ve regretted my decision of becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach. It took a nano second to make new fun and happy friends, and you can’t beat the quality and selection of products offered. Let me tell you, the events such as Convention and Leadership are over the top regarding the offerings of outstanding demonstrations by Richard and his staff, fantastic make-n-takes, food and more food, free products, informational training classes and tons of fun. I’m so happy I finally took that leap of faith, as hard as it was, I love Fun Stampers Journey, and want to share with you how to bring paper to life!